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New post 22 Oct 2014, 08:28
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E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying - No subject in but clause

If the deconstruct the sentence, the core structure of the sentence is:

the health care company became....but then proved....

So, the parallelism is between became and proved (both are verbs). Basically, the health care company is the subject of the second clause as well.

Perhaps an easier example would help illustrate: Peter worked hard but did not perform well in the exam.

Peter is the subject of the second clause (did not perform well in the exam) as well.
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Notice A, B and C unnecessarily repeat the subject by using the word “it”. “Became.. but…proved” in E is correct, rather than “became…but..proving” in D, as others have said. I didn’t like the singular “payment” in A and B. “Payments” sounds better to me. This problem is avoided in the correct answer, E. “But” emphasises the necessary contrast better than “while” does. “While” can sometimes be used as a word of contrast, but it can also be used to link two activities happening at the same time. The contrast is clearer in this sentence with the use of “but”.
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

in option E but (conjunction) is preceded by comma which means that 'but' should be followed by an independent clause. But I do not find any noun in it.

Please correct me if I am wrong.


Am I right in understanding that it is not a rule that 'BUT' followed by ',' is an indication of complete clause? Please suggest
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

in option E but (conjunction) is preceded by comma which means that 'but' should be followed by an independent clause. But I do not find any noun in it.

Please correct me if I am wrong.


Am I right in understanding that it is not a rule that 'BUT' followed by ',' is an indication of complete clause? Please suggest


an indication only - but not a confirmation. One may use Comma + but as a non-essential modifier.

Modifier: A skilled swimmer, but not as skilled as Michael, Jack covered 100 meters in 25 seconds.

When used to start a clause, the following rules apply:
2 clauses (correct): I went to the shop, but I could not find what I wanted.
1 clause with 2 verbs (correct) : I went to the shop but could not find what I wanted.
incomplete clause (wrong): I went to the shop, but could not find what I wanted.
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D sounded awkward so I chose E.

Can anyone tell what exactly is wrong with D?
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D sounded awkward so I chose E.

Can anyone tell what exactly is wrong with D?


After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area
, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

Notice that there are two independent clauses joined in the sentence using "but".

But in D, proving and falling lack the verb, thereby making it a run on sentence. Hence, INCORRECT.
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